Unexpected visitors to your garden?

Thursday 20 December 2012, 23:07

Paul Deane Paul Deane Web Producer

In the cold dark months of winter our gardens and parks become a real haven for wildlife. It also can bring out some interesting behaviour and unusual sightings, such as this little mouse.

House mouse

Thanks for Rob Rudden for this photo

We're always keen to hear about any interesting wild visitors. Perhaps you’ve been lucky an over-wintering blackcap has taken advantage of your feeders; or a fox is frequenting the shrubbery? 

Drop any replies and links below, and you can share your pictures on the Winterwatch Flickr group.


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    Comment number 1.

    We have had an otter in our garden! Its the most amazing sight to see an otter walking up your garden path in the middle of a built up area! He spent two days fishing in our stream and wasn't remotely shy. We hope he comes back soon.

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    Comment number 2.

    We do indeed have a pair of blackcaps visiting our bird table and enjoying the insect suet block. Most days we see one or other, sometimes both.

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    Comment number 3.

    That's interesting that you mentioned blackcaps. I was unaware that they overwintered in the UK, but my parents have a pair—we presume the same pair!—that have been daily visitors to the bird table for at least the past two winters, in Churchdown, Gloucestershire.

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    Comment number 4.

    Please help! We have again (had them two winters ago) stoats in our attic. We discover them because blood - yes blood from their kill - trickles down the exposed stone wall from the attic in our living room! Two years ago we used owl pellets - a natural predator - to try to deter them. They either worked or spring came! The pellets are still there but not fresh - and not working, obviously! We don't want to kill them but do wish to deter this most macabre winter scene. What can we do?

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    Comment number 5.

    Hi there, just wanted to let you know that i have just been watching a bat hunting and looking very active. I am sure this is unusual for the time of year - we do have mild weather in North Yorkshire at the moment!

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    Comment number 6.

    Is it unusual to be seeing bees of the small fluffy variety in the garden already?


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